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876-005a
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • H. R. Haldeman
  • Henry A. Kissinger
  • UNKNOWN
March 12, 1973
Conversation No. 876-5

Date: March 12, 1973
Time: Unknown between 10:30 am and 12:20 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.

President's schedule
-Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] state visit to US
-Changes
-European Security Conference
-USSr compared to US requests
-Negotiations
-Problems
-Date
-Preparations
-Delay
-Prisoner of war [POWs] reception dinner
-President’s meeting with Col. Robinson Risner and Capt. Jeremiah A.
Denton, Jr.
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-Date
-Memorial Day
-Coordination with H. Ross Perot
-Hollywood
-Date, day of week
-Risner’s opinion
Ambassadorships
-Thomas Vail
-Haldeman's report
-Businessman candidate
-State department
-Career appointees

Henry A. Kissinger entered at 10:34 am.

-Germany
-Need for experience, loyalty, sophistication
-Compared to businessmen
-Japan
-Problems
-Vail
-Strength
-Compared to Spain
-Businessman
-[First name unknown] Herra
-[First name unknown] Serridi [?]
-Stockholder
-Radio Corporation of America [RCA]
-Horatio Rivero’s tenure
-[First name unknown] Taro [?]
-Vail
-Appointment
-Call from Kissinger
-Talk with President
-Interest in Germany
-Publicity
-Ohio
-Confidentiality
-Replacement
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-Cleveland Plain Dealer
-Newhouse chain
-Background [?]
-Appointment
-Background check
-United States Information Agency [USIA]
-Board member
-Pakistan
-Sophistication
-Robert C. Hill [?]
-Qualifications
-Vacancy
-Joseph J. Sisco
-Henry A. Byroade
-Thailand
-Adm. John S. McCain, Jr.
-Appointment
-Thailand
-Taiwan
-PRC reaction
-President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board [PFIAB]
-Claire Boothe Luce
-Taiwan
-Friend of President
-Overcapacity
-Pakistan
-Kissinger’s call to Hill
-Canada
-Appointment
-Sisco
-Retention
-Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs
-G. McMurtrie Godley, [First name unknown] Cooper
-Walter Stoessel
-Europe
-[First name unknown] Meyer
-Cooper
-David Newson
-Assistant Secretary for African Affairs
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-Pakistan
-William P. Rogers’s viewpoint
-Sisco
-USSR
-Sisco
-Greece
-Malcolm Toon
-Yugoslavia
-Ambassadorial duties
-Sisco
-Problem
-David K. E. Bruce
-Peking liaison office
-Announcement
-Joseph Simpson Farland
-Greece
-Henry J. Tasca
-Latin America
-Mexico
-Panama
-Experience with Pakistan
-Mexico
-Robert H. McBride
-Columbia
-Venezuela
-Proximity to US
-Argentina
-Businessman
-Brazil
-Businessman
-[First name unknown] Scarsovson [?]
-Columbia
-[First name unknown] Scott
-Commerce Department
-USSR experience
-Problem
-John D. J. Moore
-Contribution
-Columbia, Venezuela
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-Argentina
-Businessman
-Scott
-Ed Fry
-Complexity of filing appointments
-Haldeman
-John Sherman Cooper
-Kenneth B. Keating
-Meeting with Kissinger
-Israel
-Nelson A. Rockefeller [?]
-Qualifications
-Experience in India
-John D. Lodge [?]
-Departure
-Timing
-Letter
-Philip K. Crowe
-Contributors
-John Mulcahy, John Olin, Thomas Pappas
-Ireland, Greece
-Greece
-Tasca
-Job performance
-USSR
-Sisco
-Businessman
-State Department [Foreign Service] opposition
-Sisco
-Career Foreign Service Officer [FSO]
-Career Foreign Service compared to political appointments
-Iceland, Malta, Yugoslavia, Venezuela, Indonesia, Malaysia, Afghanistan,
Dominican Republic, Upper Volta, Chad
-Businessman
-Problems
-European posts
-England
-France
-John N. Irwin, II
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-Germany
-Scandinavia
-Sweden
-Delay
-Election
-Vail
-Germany
-Kissinger’s telephone call

Schedule of state visits
-Date
-Summit
-Date
-Preparation
-Kakeui Tanaka
-Message to Kissinger
-Announcement
-Japan’s Diet
-Budget debate
Date
-Convenience
-State visit
-Length
-Congressional recess
-Non-election year
-August
-Break for President
-San Clemente
-Date
-Le Duc Tho
-Ivory Coast
-Felix Houphouet-Boigny
-Mohammed Reza Pahlavi [Shah of Iran]
-Time of visit
-USSR summit
-Richard M. Helms
-Back channel
-Invitation
-Houphouet-Boigny
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-Latin America
-Columbia
-Mexico
-Poland
-Latin America
-Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil
-Uruguay
-Problems
-Peru
-Gen. Juan Velasco Alvarado
-Sickness
-Uruguay
-Juan Maria Bordaberry
-Tupamaros
-Military support
-Leonid I. Brezhnev
-[Unintelligible name]
-Columbia, Venezuela
-Guilio Andreotti
-Other state leaders
-Lee Kuan Yew
-Stag dinner
-Women government officials
-Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
-Impact on India
-Decision
-Daniel P. (“Pat”) Moynihan
-Delay
-Europeans
-Replacement for Shah of Iran
-Willy Brandt
-Brezhnev visit
-Georges J. R. Pompidou
-Shah of Iran
-PRC support
-Visits before USSR visit
-Important visitors
-Brandt, Shah, Andreotti, Tanaka
-Africans, Latin Americans
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-Fall schedule
-Japan
-Emperor Hirohito’s visit
-Poland
-President's foreign travel
-Europe
-Africa, Latin America
-Shah, Brandt
-Kissinger's contacts
-Alternates
-Houphouet-Boigny
-Latin America
-Uruguay
-Peru, Bolivia, Columbia, Paraguay
-Argentina
-Central America
-Value
-Uruguay, Ecuador

John T. Downey
-Release
-Thanks for President's, PRC’s efforts

President's schedule
-Visits by President
-Brazil
-Venezuela
-Reception in Caracas
-Student protests
-Mexico
-Mexico City
-African trip
-Nigeria
-Congo
-Leopoldville [Kinshasa]
-Reception
-Mobutu Sese Seko [?]
-Kenya
-Jomo Kenyatta
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-Ethiopia
-Haile Selassie
-Organization of African Unity [OAU] [?] location
-Support for US


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-Sudan
-Symbolism
-Gen. Gaafar Mohamed Nimeri
-Itinerary
-Length of trip
-Number of countries
-Timing of Africa, Latin America trips
-Compared to state visits to US
-Bordaberry
-Houphouet-Boigny
-Tanaka
-European trip
-Latin America
-Brazil
-European trip
-Africa trip
-October
-Brazil

Ambassadors
-Moynihan
-India
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-Grain sales
-Indira Gandhi
-Complaints
-Quality
-Cancellation
-John A. Volpe
-Cables
-Cable response from Kissinger’s office
-Length
-Graham A. Martin
-New post in South Vietnam
-Ellsworth F. Bunker
-Retirement
-Promised assignment
-Wife
-Foreign Service Institute [State Department]
-Samuel David Berger [?]
-Nepal
-Appointment
-Marijuana
-Demonstrators
-Legalization

Kissinger left at an unknown time before 12:20 pm [?].

Domestic issues

Ambassadorships
-Henry Tasca
-New assignment
-Qualifications
-State Department
-Opposition
-African Desk
-Economic expertise
-Replacement for Peter M. Flanigan
-Replacement in Greece
-Pappas's opinion
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Assistant Secretary of State
-Middle East
-Sisco [?]
-Changes
-Far East
-Godley
-East Asia
-Stoessel
-Europe
-Jack B. Kubisch
-Latin America
-Africa
-Marshall Green, Martin J. Hilenbrand, Charles A. Meyer
-Departure
-Newsom
-Middle East
-Newsom
-Compromise
-Sisco
-New post
-USSR
-Kissinger's opinion

President's schedule
-State visits
-USSR visit
-Use of Camp David
-Compared to other head of state functions
-Edward R. G. Heath's February 1973 visit to US
-State visits
-Planning
-Format
-Andreotti
-Shah of Iran

Head of protocol
-Candidates
-Financier
-Qualifications
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-Tom Pawnall [?]
-Contributor support
-Bradford Cook
-Henry Catto
-Wife
-Liberalism [?]
-New post

Head of state visits
-Protocol
-President's activities
-Chief of protocol
-Duties
-Problems
-Lesser dignitaries
-Emil and Patricia (“Bus”) Mosbacher, Jr.
-Establishing a pattern

Use of President’s Kennedy Center box seating
-Attendance at shows
-Congress
-Cabinet
-White House staff
-William E. Timmons
-Number of seats
-Availability
-Planning
-Lawrence M. Higby[?], Timmons
-Invitation to use
-Tickets
-Champagne in anteroom
-Host for party
-Number of guests
-Congressman, Presidential aid
-Possible dinner party option

Prisoners of war [POWs]
-Meetings with President
-Gen. Brent G. Scowcroft
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Middlesex Club of Boston
-Capt. Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr.
-Award to President
-Charles W. Colson
-Lincoln Day dinner
-Presentation
-Denton
-Family member attendance
-Julie Nixon Eisenhower and [Dwight] David Eisenhower, II
-Stag
-Edward R. F. Cox and Tricia Nixon Cox

President's meeting with William J. B. Dorn
-Veterans Affairs Committee chairman
-Olin E. Teague
-Science and Aeronautics Committee
-John P. Hammerschmidt
-Veterans bills
-Delay
-Vetoes
-Priorities
-Talking paper
-President’s notes to John D. Ehrlichman

Ehrlichman
-Schedule

Domestic affairs
- Patrick J. Buchanan’s news [?] summary
-POWs
-Criticism
-Watergate
-Veterans problems
-Aid to North Vietnam
-Indians
-Economy
-Phase III price, wage controls
-Budget battle
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-Harris polls
-Alarm over prices
-Unemployment
-Recession
-Disapproval of Phase III
-Need for better public relations [PR]
-Ehrlichman
-Rogers
-\"Meet the Press,\" “Face the Nation”
-George S. McGovern

Spiro T. Agnew
-Demands for more office space
-Roy L. Ash's space
-Letter to Haldeman
-Problems
-John B. Connally
-Party switch [?]
-Need for discretion
-Colson, Harry S. Dent
-President's involvement
-Response by Haldeman
-New Executive Office Building [EOB]
-Reassignments
-Work on Capitol Hill
-Office space
-Amount of office space
-Staff reduction
-President's involvement in controversy
-Gridiron presentation
-Kissinger’s, Ziegler’s assessment
-Compared to President

Gridiron dinner
-Harold Brayman
-Attendance at church service
-Work at DuPont
-President of Gridiron
-Historian of Gridiron
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-Opening chapter
-President’s, Agnew’s piano duet
-President's, Agnew’s duet
-Publicity
-Herbert G. Klein
-President's composition
-William L. Safire, Ziegler
-Pianos
-John L. Steele
-Secret
-White House staff’s knowledge
-Brayman
-President’s Checkers speech
-President's toast to Harry S. Truman
-Arthur H. Vandenberg's remarks in 1948
-Loyal opposition
-Vice presidential files
-Copies of President’s speech
-Rose Mary Woods, Loie Gaunt McGovern
-Vandenberg’s remarks
-1948 election
-Loyal opposition
-Compared to remarks about McGOvern
-Performances
-George H. W. Bush
-Speechwriters
-Paul W. Keyes
-Bush
-Self-deprecation
-Bush compared to President, Agnew, McGovern, Hubert H.
Humphrey
-Humphrey
-Lyndon B. Johnson

Polls
-Gallup
-Results
-President's popularity
-Level of disapproval
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Domestic issues
-Inflation
-Veterans
-President's case
-Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger [?]
-Professional Vietnam veterans, disabled veterans
-Ehrlichman
-Price freeze
-Food
-Phase III
-PR approach
-Earl L. Butz
-Food
-Transportation problems
-Wheat
-Meeting
-Ehrlichman
-Stockpiles
-Copper
-Sales
-Budget battles

Ehrlichman
-Value to administration
-Speaking compared with writing
-Action on various issues
-Editing

President's speeches
-Editing
-Ehrlichman
-Speech on cities
-Line in speech
-Wording
-Compared to Raymond L. Price, Jr., David R. Gergen, Lee W. Huebner
-Price
-Amount of work
-Ziegler
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-News content

President's meetings with intellectuals
-List from Kissinger

White House staff
-Buchanan's memorandum, news summary
-Sense of crisis
-Food prices [?]
-News analysis
-Negative compared with positive coverage
-Orientation toward crisis
-Negative attitude
-Congressional relations
-New approach
-Peter Drucker's advice
-Seizure of opportunities compared with problem-solving
-Follow-up on crime speech
-Amount of staff work
-Copies to law enforcement officials
-Memorandum
-Buchanan's advice on USSR and PRC
-Deficiencies
-Compared to crime, race [?] issues
-Thinking of White House staffers
-Negativism
-Overemphasis on problem-solving
-Morale

Watergate
-Ervin hearings
-Length of time
-John W. Gardner
-Possible Senate candidate
-Internal Revenue Service [IRS] investigation
-Candidate from Ohio
-Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]
-Background investigation
-IRS audit
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-Congress
-Timmons
-List of targets
-Ehrlichman
-McGovern contributors
-Vance Hartke
-White House, Cabinet officers

Press relations
-Positive issues
-POWs
-End of war
-POWs
-Publicity
-Maurice H. Stans
-Negative stories
-Encouragement
-Risner, Denton
-End of war
-Analysis
-Cease-fire
-Aid to North Vietnam
-USSR summit
-Foreign policy
-Head of state visits
-President’s fall travel
-Value
-US-USSR summit [?]
-President’s fall travel
-Timing
-Battles with Congress
-Positive issues
-POWs
-Battle with Congress
-Taxes
-War
-Critics
-POWs
-Gridiron dinner
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-Introduction
-Finale of dinner
-Ovation
-President’s attendance
-Issue of repression
-Effect on public
-Buchanan's memo
-Perception of bias
-Ziegler
-Newsweek story on Haldeman
-Ziegler's view
-Haldeman's view
-Robert H. (“Bob”) Taylor
-Author, Peter Goldman
-Jew
-Al [?] Bruno, interviewer
-Henry Trewhitt
-Old incidents
-Walter J. Hickel, Taylor, Watergate
-Positive aspects
-President
-White House staff
-Press corp
-Discredited program
-Colson, Ziegler
-Roles
-Ziegler
-President
-Haldeman
-Colson
-Accuracy in media
-Administration's program
-Focus on factual errors
-Newsweek article
-Buchanan
-Press watch
-Op-Ed
-Closeness to President
-Reputation
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-Honesty
-Comparison with Herbert G. Klein
-Ehrlichman
-Washington Post story
-Ehrlichman’s television [TV] appearance [?]
-Gridiron dinner
-Washington Post
-Ehrlichman’s briefing, Harris poll
-Lack of coverage
-Carroll Kilpatrick
-New York Times
-Ziegler
-Gridiron dinner
-Philip Geylen [?]
-Colson’s analysis
-William Paley's meeting with Haldeman
-Arthur R. Taylor of Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
-Meeting with Ehrlichman
-Support for President
-Broadcasting experience
-Business manager
-Dealing with press
-Confrontation
-Haldeman’s, Colson’s viewpoint
-Focus on economic issues
-Ehrlichman’s viewpoint
-President's stance
-Aloofness
-President’s attendance at White House Correspondent’s dinner
-Compared to Agnew at Gridiron dinner
-Press hostility
-Appearance of fairness
-Colson's view
-Success in foreign policy, failure on domestic policy
-Steadfastness
-Clay T. (“Tom”) Whitehead's program on TV
-Howard J. Phillips, Office of Economic Opportunity [OEO]
-Skillfulness
-Colson, Buchanan
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-Overreaction
-Bluntness
-Whitehead
-Local control of media
-American Broadcasting Company [ABC]
-National Broadcasting Company [NBC], CBS
-Impact on networks
-Press hostility
-Lack of coverage of positive aspects
-Radio speech

Congressional relations
-Republican leadership meeting
-Crime issue
-Revenue sharing
-Briefing on crime
-Richard G. Kleindienst
-Samuel J. Ervin, Jr [?]
-Price freeze
-Herbert Stein
-Benefits
-Short term
-Costs
-Production cutbacks
-Beef, chicken
-Shrinkage of supply

White House staff relations
-George P. Shultz
-Problem
-Free market philosophy
-Political implications
-Crisis compared to opportunity orientation
-Buchanan
-News analysis [?]
-POWs
-Impact on morale
-Problems
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An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 11:06 am.

Arrival of Kleindienst
-Manfredi Award ceremony

The unknown man left at an unknown time before 12:20 pm.

White House staff relations
-Handling of Watergate hearings
-Buchanan
-Hostility to media
-Media
-Provocation
-Hostility to administration
-News summary
-Balanced analysis
-Length
-Content
-Indians
-Shortening

Haldeman left at an unknown time before 12:20 pm; an unknown man entered at an unknown
time after 10:30 am.

President's meeting with family of slain narcotics agent
-Format, introduction
-Award
-Presentation
-Mothers
-Fiance
-Photographer
-Navy film crew

The unknown man left at an unknown time before 12:20 pm.
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